SMITHS 'De Luxe' Cheltenham

38798

Unusual smaller sized model, with 8 3/4 ligne movement, circa 1955

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Gold plated case with stainless-steel back held by separate screw-in ring. Smiths smaller sized 17-jewel gilded movement with 'Permalife' unbreakable mainspring. Double-roller detached lever escapement with steel escape, the monometallic balance with beryllium balance-spring. Silvered dial with mix of gilt dots and batons and numerals, original matching gilt hands, the centre-seconds with the usual red tip. 30 mm diameter, not including button or lugs.

A less common Smiths model (A.3152) first featured in Smiths 1954 catalogue, page 77. For more information about Smiths English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on Smiths ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2003 issue of Antique Collecting. NB: All Smiths wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

Case showing wear to the gilding and dial with some age related darkening. Otherwise in good original condition and a size suitable for the smaller wrist: mans, boys or ladies Fitted with new/old stock brown leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.


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